National News Update: Year 3, Week 46 (December 1–7)

Kara Hurvitz
8 min readDec 11, 2019


As predicted, this week was ten pounds of misinformation in a five-pound bag--the NNR will be a bit longer than normal to unpack it all. There's a fair amount outside impeachment, though impeachment is definitely moving forward as well, and a lot of it is no fun at all to read. As always, I'm here if anybody needs anything.

Standard standing reminders apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that's outside my expertise--I'm a lawyer, not an impeachment article!--but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk. And, of course, for the things that are within my lane, I'm offering context that shouldn't be considered legal advice. Okay, I think that's about it for the disclaimers. Onward to the news!

Constitutional Crisis Corners:

This past week featured the entire trajectory of the Judiciary Committee, with every step from the report to the articles themselves--which means yet another full card of Whistleblowing Ukraine Biden Bingo. Here's what I have for you:

Moreso than any other week in recent memory, we had some really major Disregard of Governing Norms outside of the impeachment circus — most notably, there were some really serious developments around the FBI. Here’s what I have for you:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve this cat saying hi and an eventual better government. I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully better) news, and I hope you will be back as well — but in the meantime, feel free to ping the National News Roundup ask box, which is there for your constructive comments. Send me questions! Send me feedback! Send me antibiotics!



Kara Hurvitz

Boots on the ground for social change, one step at a time.